Two students from the College of Staten Island’s Adult Literacy program were honored at a writing awards ceremony at NYU earlier this month.
Caterina Gambino, an Adult Learning Center student in the CSI Continuing Education ESOL Program’s High Intermediate-Level 5/6 class was selected for publication in the Literacy Review, Volume 9, sponsored by New York University’s Gallatin Writing Division.
Luis Dominguez, a current CSI continuing education GED student, had his poem, “Who Am I?” printed in the volume.
Gambino also earned the honor to read her submissions at the May 3 gala held in NYU’s Kimmel Center reception hall, with a bird’s-eye view of the newly renovated Washington Square Park at dusk as her backdrop.
Caterina’s “Children Today” was a humorous and poignant account of the trials and tribulations children today face as they accommodate their parents’ schedules of extracurricular activities. It is the heartfelt view of an understanding, loving, and caring mom.
Sponsored by The Gallatin School of Individualized Study, a small school within NYU, the Writing Program contains Peer Writing Assistants engaged in community projects such as the Literacy in Action course that combines the study of adult literacy/ESOL (theory, history, and current issues) and volunteer work at partner organizations.
The director of the Gallatin Writing Program, June Foley, works with students independently to compile, edit, and produce writings from New York City instructional facilities such as CUNY, the NYC Department of Education Adult Learning Centers, and the New York Public Library to produce the Literacy Review each year.
Both publication and public reading are highly prized honors in the Adult Literacy circles of NYC.
Caterina is the second CSI student to read her works at this prestigious event, joining Larissa Popova who read in 2009.